Tag: Social Skills

Melbourne Workshops


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We are thrilled with our first Melbourne workshops! Kimberley O’Brien and Jacqui Olsson delivered the Quirky Kid children workshops in Melbourne for the first time on Saturday, 26th September 2009.

The ‘Best of Friends ™‘ and ‘Why Worry’ Workshops were held throughout the day at Northcote Town Hall, and were a great success. Children enthusiastically took part in a number of activities including painting, playdough, letter-writing and role play, while discussing issues surrounding friendship in the ‘Best of Friends’ workshop, and anxiety and worry in the “Why Worry” workshop.

Our Best of Friends and Why Worry workshops will next be in Melbourne in January 29th and 30th 2010, as well as our ‘Family Play Therapy’ workshop for parents. Please contact us on (02) 9362 9297 for more information or vist the Melbourbe workshops page.



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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

What is a tween?

Tween is the term used to refer to people between the ages of 10-14 years of age. It refers to a stage of development where people are no longer children, yet not quite teenagers. Many changes often occur at this stage, which may be a source of struggle between parents and their children, particularly in relation to social skills.

Issues that parents may encounter with their tween:

  • Dating
  • Clothing
  • Friends
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Social skills

When such issues do arise, it is not uncommon for tweens to rebel in an attempt to resist their parents’ wishes. Parents can help their tweens progress through this often confusing and difficult stage, by both appreciating and accepting their child for who they are. Moreover, while tweens may not want to discuss the issues they are experiencing with their parents; parents should encourage conversation by remaining both open minded and available.

Complimenting and praising your tween:

  • While it may have once been easy to praise your child for their accomplishments, tweens often look for realistic compliments that match the way they are behaving.
  • Excessive or just general praise is often seen as meaningless to tweens, as they typically become more cynical at this age, and prefer to receive realistic assessments of their achievements. This may in part be due to the fact that hormonal changes are occurring, causing tweens to become easily annoyed or more sensitive.
  • To most effectively encourage your tween, make sure to explicitly praise specific behaviors as well as the processes, which led to a desired behavior.

If you need further support, we offer consultations and workshops for tween and parents. Contact us for more information.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);


Good Manners @ Pratical Parenting

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed how to facilitate children to learn good manner with reporter Jo Sharp from Practical Parenting. You can find out more about promoting early learning in children, playful approaches to good manners or general parenting information by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available here.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.